Five Reasons to Proclaim Christian Truths Fearlessly

 

Emperor Nero used Christians as torches

Author Saul Bellow once wrote that he would occasionally attend a dinner party and would be asked for his opinion on a politically sensitive issue. His standard answer was non-confrontational: “I support all good policies and oppose all the bad ones.”

While the arrogance and moral bankruptcy behind political correctness will eventually lead to its own destruction, the current emerging generation of social engineers are becoming a serious danger to those who publicly proclaim basic Christian truths. Jesus demands, however, that we speak the truth, and courageously.

Breaking down Matthew 10:24-31, Jesus gives five reasons to speak confidently and without fear in the face of opposition:

Identification with Christ

“No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! Therefore do not be afraid of them…” (vss. 24-26a).

Jesus is talking directly to His disciples, who He knows, after Pentecost, will become very much like Himself, teaching, performing miracles, and inflaming the Jews. This will prove that they are of the household of Jesus; why should they expect to be treated any different than He is?

Truth Will Prevail

“For nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops” (vss. 26b-27).

We can have confidence that in the end truth never disappoints; false teachings always do. The louder the truth is spoken, the more powerful it is because it will always be victorious and those who proclaim it will always be vindicated. Perhaps later than sooner, but it is a certainty.

It’s the Soul that Matters

“And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna” (vs. 28).

Affirming the truth publicly is a moral obligation for which being persecuted or even put to death should not be feared as it leads to immortality and eternal bliss in heaven. In a sense, these people are doing you a favor. Fearing men to the point of appeasement, however, will endanger your soul.

God’s Providence

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. …So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (vss. 29,31).

The Greek text actually says “…not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father,” implying that the Father is aware of the sparrow’s fate and allows it in His providence. When speaking the truth leads to persecution one need not fear because it has been allowed by God through His providential wisdom.

God Knows Us

“Even all the hairs of your head are counted” (vs. 30).

This makes the same point as the previous one, but adds that God has personal intimate knowledge of His children, their feelings, struggles, and weaknesses. In the midst of persecution no aspect of one’s experience will be missed by Him.

Truth has become a hate crime; it’s not hard to foresee where this is headed. But Catholics must not fear to speak the truth loudly, “on the housetops”.

…rjt

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Has Pope Leo XIII’s 100-Year Vision Reached its Terminus?

Pope Leo XIII

This highly credible prophecy from around 1884 was a revelation to Pope Leo that God would be agreeing to a frightening request from Satan:

“Grant me one century and more power of those who will serve me, and I will destroy it [the Church].”

One can try to ascertain when the 100-year period began by looking for possible watershed events that tipped the Church into the trend of decline that persisted throughout most of the 20th-century. Conversely, one can look for the opposite as well, events suggesting that the deterioration in the Catholic Church that’s been evident for generations might have been reversed. Archbishop Vigano’s recent exposure of the corruption in the Church and the naming of authorities at the top of the Church hierarchy may have represented the latter.

Over at the Remnant, Christopher Ferrara draws a conclusion that is shared by many:

“I believe that Archbishop Viganò’s precious testimony is a sign that Heaven itself is now responding to the “need for justice” in the Church.  Whether or not justice involves the resignation of the most wayward Pope in Church history, the inevitable season of justice will culminate in the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Church’s restoration. This will be a final victory over the enemies within and their apologists.”

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Why Social Engineering is Intensifying in the U.S.

Future historians analyzing our recent history will notice that Western leaders of the 1990s and after (e.g. Clinton, Blair, Cameron, et al.) reflected a major shift away from their predecessors on moral questions. There was still a shared acknowledgement of the Judeo-Christian foundations of the West, but it obviously had become less of a guide for positions on moral issues. What social historians in particular might note is that these government book1administrators were the first generation of graduates that were educated in institutions saturated with the phenomenon known as political correctness. Students in the major universities from about 1970 on were being increasingly indoctrinated as to what were the acceptable opinions on race relations, sexuality, homosexuality, cultural values, etc. This was exposed by University of Chicago professor Allen Bloom in his widely-read 1987 book The Closing of the American Mind.

Compare the moral outlooks of two contemporaries, Barack Obama and David Cameron, with two other contemporaries, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Can you picture the latter two defending the government’s attempt to impose a legal right for transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their new sexual identity? One can imagine hearing Thatcher’s response to the notion —  “preposterous!”. There is a precise reason behind why we are seeing the social engineers of today intensify the force of their efforts to impose their agenda on American society and why it will continue to increase in severity. Continue reading “Why Social Engineering is Intensifying in the U.S.”

5 Reasons Why Western Europe Will Lose the Battle Against Islamic Extremism

1. REFUSAL BY AUTHORITIES TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH CRIME IN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES .

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England

A major debate erupted earlier in the year over the existence of “no-go zones” in a number of European cities. These are dangerous neighborhoods primarily populated by Muslim immigrants that even the police avoid. The following description of no-go zones near Paris comes from an article in the New Republic:

“The word banlieue (“suburb”) now connotes a no-go zone of high-rise slums, drug-fueled crime, failing schools and poor, largely Muslim immigrants and their angry offspring.”

Worried about a drop in American tourism, the Mayor of Paris threatened to sue Fox News over reports about these zones in Paris. Fox retracted. Nevertheless, in an earlier post, I reported in detail how dangerous Paris can be and how hesitant the authorities are in responding to Muslim immigrant crime.

It’s a problem all over Europe. The following rare admission comes from the Chief Constable of the Police Directorate Osnbrück, Germany, regarding these sorts of areas:

“Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car and where, even initially, only with the personnel carrier. The reason is that our colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos, and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: in these areas crimes no longer result in charges. They are left ‘to themselves.’ Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture.” (Link)

Refusing to acknowledge a social problem doesn’t make it disappear. A bias toward multiculturalism in the European pressrooms only support this. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Western Europe Will Lose the Battle Against Islamic Extremism”

Is Paris No Longer Safe for Jews (or Christians)?

demonstration1A recent article in Vanity Fair profiled a retired French police commissioner from Paris, Sammy Ghozlan, who is a Jew born and raised in Algeria. He runs the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, an organization that he funds himself. The article notes that there were 851 anti-Semitic acts in France during 2014 (in 2013 there were 453). Gozlan notes that the dramatic increase in violence and terrorism is directly connected to the influence of the Islamic State:

“The country’s counter-terrorism forces are now desperately trying to cope with what is commonly called the ‘third wave of anti-Semitism’ in modern France. The first wave, coming from the far right, morphed into the neo-Nazi crusades of the 1990s. …The second wave came from the far left—rooted in pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel attitudes. …The third wave has been propelled by the recent rise of ISIS, has metastasized via thousands of Web sites and social media, and, in France, has become homegrown and home-schooled among a vulnerable population of young Muslims.”

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Would The Church Losing Its Tax-Exempt Status Be Such a Calamity?

 

henryV1GLOUCESTER:
I hope they will not come upon us now.
KING HENRY V:
We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs.
March to the bridge; it now draws toward night:
Beyond the river we’ll encamp ourselves,
And on to-morrow, bid them march away.

                                                                  Henry V, William Shakespeare

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Obergefell vs.Hodges, a major and well funded campaign began to encourage the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church and other non-profit organizations that oppose homosexual marriage. This has caused alarm among Catholic groups like The Catholic League, whose director Bill Donohue warns:

“Anyone who thinks that radical activists will stop with gay marriage is ignorant: The big prize has always been to force the churches to fall in line. …Stealth politics is what the left is good at, and on this issue they will have their unelected surrogates at the IRS do their bidding.”

From a purely financial standpoint the answer to the question posed above is probably yes, it could be a calamity, particularly with regard to a levy on Church property. Yet knowing the true financial impact on the Church would require an in-depth analysis by a major accounting firm. The USCCB might be wise to commission such a study. A lot of dioceses in America are in bankruptcy and if the Church were to be taxed like a corporation she could do what most corporations do to reduce or eliminate their tax obligations. Perhaps it wouldn’t be as bad as one might think. And then there’s the question of whether parishioners would reduce their giving or stop tithing at all, since the tax-deductability of their contribution would be eliminated. Conducting a broad survey on that question might also be wise.

Some think that the government’s removing of the Church’s tax-exempt status is very unlikely. Since the question of homosexual marriage is a religious matter for the Church, it would be seen as a violation of the First Amendment and be quickly overturned by the courts. (Although, in 1976 the IRS successfully took Bob Jones University’s tax-exempt status away because it had a policy against interracial marriage). Others suggest that the political party in power at the time of such a decision would be too fearful of suffering a backlash at the ballot box and they would elect to back off. Continue reading “Would The Church Losing Its Tax-Exempt Status Be Such a Calamity?”

Europe Needs to Get Serious About Returning ISIS Volunteers

According to Reuters,

France will open a center late this year to help reintegrate young French citizens who return from conflict zones such as Syria but are not subject to prosecution, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday.

isis1The problem isn’t what to do with them after they return, the problem is that as French citizens they go in the first place, and that their number is rising. Prime Minister Valls recently told French television that he predicts the number of Europeans going to fight for ISIS could reach 5,000 by the Summer and 10,000 by the end of the year. It’s hard to imagine that someone who’s willing to be shot at, martyr themselves, or behead somebody, wasn’t first indoctrinated into this vicious form of Islam in Europe herself.

isis2Germany has hundreds of citizens fighting with ISIS, and when they return they are treated like heroes by fellow Islamists. There doesn’t seem to be an effort stop them from going in the first place nor the ability to keep them from coming back:

The interior minister remained very vague on the question of what can be done to prevent German jihadists from traveling unhindered to crisis regions. It’s a sensitive issue for his ministry. After all, the individuals in question are generally German citizens capable of traveling with identification documents to the Turkish border and then back to Germany. By then, they are radicalized and potentially traumatized, but certainly experienced in war. A working group is now set to discuss what legal options are available to deny them re-entry. (Deutsche Welle)

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How Did “Doom and Gloom” Get Such a Bad Reputation?

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Gustave Dore, “Inferno”

When was the last time your priest talked about the fires of hell and gave you a good scare, or compared America to Sodom and Gomorrah and suggest that it’s headed for the same fate? The Church today is too nice. God must have gone through anger management classes because He might be all nice and warm today, but He could be very angry and vengeful in biblical times. The phrase “doom and gloom” is used to deride those who tell you unpleasant things you’d rather not hear; it is a decidedly pejorative phrase. Purveyors of gloom are also scorned because they often use it to make a lot of money.

lindseyWhat comes to my mind is Hal Lindsey’s 1970 book with the ominous title, The Late Great Planet Earth. It’s an interpretation of biblical prophecies about the end times, but heavily influenced by dispensationalist theology. Dispensationalism is a common belief among evangelical protestants which holds that God interacts with man in different ways during different dispensations (periods of time in history). From Abraham to Noah was a dispensation, as is the time from the birth of the Church to the Rapture, (the point in time when Christ takes all Christians to heaven before all hell breaks loose–Armageddon). For Lindsey, the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 triggered the beginning of the end times, it fulfilled the prophecy of the return of the Jews to Palestine and he took it from there. The biblical basis for all this is, in my view, scant, and in conflict with Catholic eschatology (the study of end times). The problem has been, needless to say, Lindsey’s predictions, which were specific scenarios of the future geopolitical events which turned out to be hit and miss (more miss than hit), and often readjusted. Continue reading “How Did “Doom and Gloom” Get Such a Bad Reputation?”

Four Signs to Look for that Will Reveal St. Hildegard’s Fifth Era has Arrived

The five symbolic beasts in St. Hildegard’s vision represent unique and brief historical ages which occur in a specific sequence. They also represent a particular evil evident in the social context of each period. This affliction of evil is engineered by Satan and intended to progressively damage the Church in preparation of the coming of the Antichrist.

In my book, The Five Beasts of St. Hildegard: Prophetic Symbols of Modern Society, I demonstrate that the first three eras have already passed and that we are currently in the latter half of the fourth era, that of the Black Pig. Four signs will clearly manifest to us that the present era is ending and the final era, the Grey Wolf, is emerging:

1. A change in the world’s geopolitical composition.

belinwall2The five periods represent first and foremost separate historical eras. Dividing the 20th century into separate eras is very easy for historians to accomplish (it is not always so simple); the years 1914, 1945, and 1991 were natural divisions based on a change in the map of Europe, as well as its power structure. Western Europe since 1945 has been protected by America through the NATO alliance and the presence of American bases. Since 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Empire, America’s been the sole hegemon in the region. America will soon lose that privilege; the writing is on the wall. I explain why in an earlier post, The End of American Hegemony.

2. Political turmoil in Western Europe.

parisburningIn Hildegard’s description of the era she refers to revolutions but does not describe them in any detail. She makes no mention here of wars between countries, but perhaps hints at them in a later chapter in Scivias. Some Europeans can be expected to violently turn on their governments as the era of the Grey Wolf begins. Continue reading “Four Signs to Look for that Will Reveal St. Hildegard’s Fifth Era has Arrived”